Photo: Sofi Häkkinen
The labyrinth took place in September-December 2018 in an 6000m2 public raid shelter under the ground in Meilahti, Helsinki.
Direction / Artistic design: Miradonna Sirkka, Sofi Häkkinen
Production / experience design: Inna Huttunen
Performers: Miradonna Sirkka, Aleksi Kinnunen, Iida-Liina Linnea, Emmi Myrskog, Anna Kankila, Samuli Kivelä, Hedda Liukkala, Riku Nieminen, Anna Pesonen, Miina Penttinen
Production assistant: Emmi Myrskog
Light Design: Sofi Häkkinen, Inna Huttunen, Anna Pesonen
Costume Design:Hanna Herva, Sofi Häkkinen, Iida-Liina Linnea
Sound design: Samuli Kivelä, Aleksi Kinnunen
Set and technical crew: Sofi Häkkinen, Inna Huttunen, Anna Pesonen, Mia Rantavaara, Martta Jylhä
Photos and videos: Iida-Liina Linnea, Aleksi Hornborg, Sofi Häkkinen
A metallic cube stands alone in the middle of a park. You open one of its heavy doors, and as you step inside, a soft breath of misty air surrounds you. You walk down the stairs. On the hundredth step it really starts to feel like you are deep under the ground. Your breath evaporates in the dimly lit rooms. A curious creature squirms in the ceiling. Sometimes the light is bright, sometimes low. You turn a corner, and meet tender eyes; a soft touch; slow motion, and speeding time. You have entered the labyrinth.
Photo: Sofi Häkkinen
Underneath, an art labyrinth experience by Recover Laboratory, invited you under the ground and into yourself. It was an unforgettable, surreal journey to all things humane and being a human, set in a public shelter in Meilahti, Helsinki in 2018. There, you could escape the heavy weight of reality into a parallel dimension, underneath everything.
The artwork took the form of a labyrinth under the ground. It was filled with art, circus, theater, sound, light, video and music. All the individual artworks came together underneath the ground and underneath the skin, and created an ever-expanding holistic world, where everything is important. You could look, you could join in, you could touch, feel, examine or withdraw.
Everyone entered this cave alone. But worry not! These creatures were among the kindest you could ever find. Underneath was a secure space, where you could really be alone with your thoughts. The performers you met along the way were weird, tender, and curious; they have been stripped of all the fear and anger of human beings. They led you gently into your own mind inside the multisensory artwork. Only this exact moment exists, and alongside it, an eternal fascination.
Underneath was created in a public shelter in Meilahti, in collaboration with the Rescue Department of Helsinki. The space, mined into bedrock, was used a shelter in case of an emergency for the people living in the area.